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Saturday, May 16, 2020
The first and practically only time I ever heard of “Citizen’s Arrest” was from the old Andy Griffith show. I don’t remember the context, but I remember Gomer chasing after Barnie Fife for not stopping at a stop sign or something minor and yelling in that Gomer twang, “Citizens arrest, citizen’s arrest.”
It was very funny.
Nothing funny about citizens arrest when someone is killed.
Someone killed because maybe he was involved in a crime, maybe I think he looked like maybe someone. Maybe someone was killed from a citizen's arrest because he didn’t look like someone that typically might live in the neighborhood.
Citizen's arrest in this day of cell phones and cameras everywhere, should not exist.
OK, maybe if someone is holding you up, and he drops his gun and you are able to kick his ass, you could hold him until the police arrive as a “citizen’s arrest.”
Maybe if someone yelled “stop thief” and you saw another person running from a little old lady while he was carrying a pocketbook, maybe you could stick out a foot, trip him and hold him for the police.
Otherwise, citizen’s arrest is stupid.
Driving around a park with a shotgun and a pistol, chasing after someone you think might be a thief, is not a citizen’s arrest, that is vigilante bull shit.
I’ve seen the video, maybe there is more to the story, but I have seen the video. I know the difference from someone running away from a crime, and a jogger.
This person killed during a citizen's arrest was a jogger. Trotting down the middle of a park road and not racing full speed through the bushes and trees on either side of the road is a jogger, not a thief.
Can you resist a “Citizen's Arrest?”
Not only can you, but you probably should.
Two nasty looking dudes in a truck, one with a shotgun the other a pistol tell you to stop while you are jogging. Running away or fighting back is not resisting citizen's arrest, it is fighting for your life.
I don’t always trust the police. If someone flashes a badge at you while driving down the road, are you being arrested by the police, or carjacked by an ass-hat with a fake plastic badge?
Citizen's arrest is bull shit. If someone is killed during a citizen's arrest, that is citizen’s murder.
OK, I don’t know all the facts or details of this case, but it sure does not look good. I’m sure these yahoos will now get a fair trial.
A fair trial is not something someone killed during a citizen’s arrest ever gets.